The Cleveland Browns and their starting nickel cornerback have been at odds for a couple weeks over his availability to perform, and now they’re taking some action.
Cleveland is suspending third-year corner K’Waun Williams for two weeks and one game check, the team announced Wednesday. The suspension is for his refusal to take the field in last week’s preseason opener, among other recent behavior, per multiple reports. Williams will lose $36,647 as part of the suspension.
The 5-foot-9, 183-pound Williams wants to get a second read on the ankle injury that has had him sidelined. The Browns attempted to hand him a full slate of action for the preseason opener against the Packers, but Williams refused, stating he wasn’t ready, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
Williams, 25, came to the Browns as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Pittsburgh in 2014. He has appeared in 26 games with 10 starts, logging 10 pass breakups but no interceptions.
Fourth-year cornerback Jamar Taylor, whom the team signed away from Miami this offseason, will assume the nickel role in Williams’ absence.